Faithful's adaptation of Ecclesiastes 3 from his own observations and written accordingly.

What I Have Seen Under The Sun
Faithful

To every thing that happens there is a season and a reason, and a time for every purpose under the heavens. Nothing just happens.

It Begins With The Child

There is a time to be born, a time to cry, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to keep silence, and a time to learn to talk with order and respect.

There is a time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones together and make something with them; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing if one doesn’t feel like it; a time to get, and a time to lose what one got; a time to keep, and a time to cast away when things are broken or with interest lost.

A Little Older Now

There is a time to plant, and a time to pull up that which was planted; and a time to build up; and a time to heal; a time to love, and a time of peace when everything seems perfect or when one finds a friend. A time to rend, and a time to sew that which was rent.

Then One Grows Up

Then there is time to break down, a time to kill, and a time to hate; a time of war. What profit has he who works so hard in gaining things in this life when it ends like this? What if you gain the whole world but lose your own life doing it? Nothing goes with you when you go.

I have seen and experienced the extreme and painful sorrow which God has given to everyone to go through. But He has made everything appropriate in its time: also he has set the world in their heart, making the world seem like reality and life, so that no man can actually figure out what God is doing in the invisible world from the beginning to the end.

In Old Age

I know that there is no actual good in anyone’s natural self, but it is good for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life the best he can as he understands it.

And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God does it. That man should not trust in himself but in the Father. That which has been is now; and that which is to be has already been; and God makes history repeat itself.

And moreover from experience, I saw under the sun, the courts of judgment, that hypocrisy was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there, also.

I said in my heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time for every purpose and for every work under the sun.

I said in my heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might expose them, and that they might see that they themselves are like animals and vain.

For that which befalls the sons of men befalls animals; even one thing befalls them all: as the one dies, so dies the other; yes, they have all one breath; so that a man has no preeminence above an animal in this matter: for all are worthless and vain in the end. All go to one place; all flesh is of the dust, and all flesh turns to dust again. And no creature falls without the Father.

Who can tell or prove if the spirit of man goes upward, and the spirit of the animal goes downward to the earth? What difference is there?

Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in what he’s given to do and mind his own business; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?

And then there is a time to die and leave the vain earth and its life under the sun.